USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Saturday, February 13, 2016
MONTREAL – FC Montreal’s Jimmy-Shammar Sanon scored in the 92nd minute to earn his side a 1-1 draw with the Montreal Impact in a 120-minute scrimmage on Saturday at Stade Olympique.
The game was played over four 30-minute periods, but the scoring didn’t arrive until late on. Former FC Montreal loanee Romario Williams scored for the Impact in the 80th minute as he controlled a cross by Johan Venegas from the right, and finished.
Twelve minutes, Sanon finished off a good move by the USL side, as Michael Bilek found Simon Lemire on an overlap on the right. Lemire’s cross found Sanon, who volleyed home to level the score.
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“We work hard every day to have quality and to be coherent on the field, so we were not surprised,” said FC Montreal head coach Philippe Eullaffroy. “Against a team who doesn’t close the play and who also wants to put in place its own identity and style of play; it offers interesting games to watch. It’s a better team so it’s interesting to see our qualities and weaknesses against a team like this one.”
The Impact had chances to take the lead earlier in the game, and went close in the 20th minute when Marco Donadel struck a curling shot that was well saved by recent Canadian Men’s National Team debutant Maxime Crepeau.
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Anthony Jackson-Hamel also went close in the 69th minute as he ran onto a pass by Williams, but his shot went just wide of the post.
“It was a good game. FC Montreal worked and pushed hard and gave us a good opposition today and that’s what I wanted,” said Impact head coach Mauro Biello. “There were good things on both sides. We worked on the transition this week and I wanted to see the players’ reaction when they lose the ball.”